Fig and goat cheese popsicles

Looking for a different way to cool down this summer? Try those exquisitely smooth fig, honey and goat cheese popsicles. So easy to make, and different. I love to mix salty and sweet together, and popsicles seem to be always just on the sweet side, so why not make it a touch more interesting with goat cheese? The result is simply heavenly, creamy and a touch of crunch if you add some almonds. I’ve done it 2 ways, one way is in a normal popsicle mold and the other is simply a fig rolled into the same yogurt, goat cheese mixture topped with some almond. They both work great, and the goat cheese isn’t too powerful, just add a touch of it, no need to taste the whole cheese here, we just want to compliment the figs with it.popsiclepin

The frozen fig popsicle (version 1)

The first version I did was the figs rolled right into the yogurt mix, it’s an idea I’ve got on the spot. Start by inserting a popsicle stick into the long end of the fig and then jump right in the goat cheese, yogurt mixture, add a little almond on top and voila! I’ve then added them to a small metal support, which was quite small, if you have a bigger one, than the bottom of the figs would built a kind off foot with the yogurt on the bottom and hold perfectly straight, which is great for the end presentation. Also it’s great to cover them all with the mixture, but I could also have left a little purple from top of the fig to show better what’s hidden under there. I guess there is millions of way of doing it, it’s all up to you. The result is a quite fruity, healthy bite! *Check below for the yogurt mixture recipe.

The fig popsicle (version 2)

This second version is the standard one, except I do have those special molds to freeze popsicles horizontally, which is perfect to hold the fruit on the side of the popsicle, resulting to showcase the fruit clearly on the side of the popsicle. But this work in any mold, the result of this version is a way creamier and smooth one then the previous version. Here, you’ll get to taste the goat cheese slightly better, although it’s really a secondary flavour in this recipe. I like this trend of showing the fruit whole into the popsicle, not only does it look better, but it makes every bites into the popsicle a bit different.

So let’s refresh ourselves from those hot summer days!

Fig, honey and goat cheese popsicles

Makes 2 covered figs + 2 popsicles 

figs and goat cheese popsicleIngredients
  • Figs (for the popsicles 1 for 2)
  • 150g (small cup) of plain yogurt 
  • 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of fresh goat cheese
  • almond, finely chopped *optional
  1. Mix the yogurt, honey and goat cheese
  2. Check the above instructions for version 1 and version 2

Enjoy on a hot summer day!

Fig and goat cheese popsicles

Strawberry and orange frozen yogurt

This is a “non recipe” recipe… Let’s just say a healthy snack… also, it doesn’t need much preparation. I’ve simply used my “almost too old” leftovers of oranges and strawberries, add yogurt and there you have a nice frozen summer bite. I didn’t even bother cutting the strawberry, just put the stick through it. Just have to use your own fruits leftovers, mix it up with natural yogurt and freeze… so simple! I didn’t even add any kind of sugar, the orange juice was full of it.

Strawberry and orange frozen yogurtAs a kid, I remember going to the seasonal ice cream shop and I would always take the frozen yogurt with frozen fruits in it… I remember the machine was shaking soooo hard every time, and being so loud! It was giving “it’s all”… and eventually, would end up broken for half the summer…every precious summer… which was only 3-4 month in Quebec. So, I guess, I have that psychological lack of it… now I always keep some in the freezer for a quick snack. Also, it helps to keep your leftovers of fruits alive. If you wish to, you can add some sugar to it, then it gets a “dessert” title.

So here is the “non recipe” snack recipe.

Fruity yogurt bites

(strawberry, freshly pressed orange juice version)

Makes 3 portions

  • 125g (small cup) of natural yogurt
  • 3 strawberries
  • 4 tbsp of orange juice
  • *optional  1 tbsp sugar
  1. Simply add the strawberries to a small molds
  2. Add the orange juice to the molds
  3. Add the yogurt to the molds
  4. Freeze it up and voilà!

Can change the fruits mix to your needs. Enjoy on a warm day!